Wednesday, February 19, 2020

An Odd Mixed Media Card for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hello and welcome! Today starts a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. The incredibly talented and creative Suzz is our hostess, and she chose the theme, Leap into The Odd. Here's her description of the challenge:

"2020 is a leap  year which means we will have an additional day in February ending on an odd number of days.  The definition of odd is "different from what is usual or expected; strange."    My challenge to you is to create something odd or unusual.   Also you must tell us what is odd or unusual in your project when you share it with us!"

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

I'm going to share some closeup photos, and then a few process photos that might help you see what is odd  about my spring card beside the fact I used a Tim Holtz Halloween Creepy eye and some feathers from a Halloween boa to embellish the bird from Tim's Modern Christmas stamp set. The plumage on his head is pretty obvious, but did you spot his tail feathers?

 I popped the iris from the Creepy Eye and patted it with Picket Fence paint to take the shine down. It's a little large, but that makes it that much more odd.

 I had a portion of a Destinations Thinlits die cut on my worktop, and left it in it's original white card state; perhaps a little odd to have pure white on a vintage card, when everything else is tinted with Antique Linen or another darker color. Even though a globe is in no way related to the overall theme of the card, I think it works like a doily for a place for your eye to rest on this busy card.

I was excited to get my hands on the Modern Christmas stamp set, but sadly, it was after Christmas. I think the bird works quite nicely on a spring card, don't you? He's inked in Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade Distress Archival ink and blended with Mermaid Lagoon and Black Soot ink.  Large Funky Floral and Garden Greens Thinlits flowers and foliage make a nice contrast to all the dark and vivid colors. (Perhaps the dark/vivid color scheme could be considered another oddity?)

The branch from Large Funky Floral set may seem a bit odd; typically it points in the opposite direction. After cutting it, I flipped it over and dipped it into Antique Linen Oxide and heat embossed with Eileen Hull Molten Dimension Glistening Glass Embossing Powder.  I don't like shiny, but I do love the texture the powder creates, so I scribbled it with Walnut Stain Distress crayon to bring out the bumps and to hide the glare.

Inspired by Toni's (Artistic Craft Dabbler) wood veneer cover on her journal, I made my background panel from birch bark I found after cleaning up after a good blow a  week or so ago. (I would consider this an odd background.) I used Distress Collage Medium Matte to glue it down and stuck it under a couple heavy books for a day to be sure it was really stuck down, because it was about to take a beating.

I gave it another coat of collage medium over top and after it was dry just to touch, I sprayed with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide spray and wiped with a paper towel to leave it to just lightly tint the bark. I blended Walnut Stain crayon around the edges and to highlight the texture of the bark layers.

Using a Shifter Mini Stencil (but not shifting) and Mermaid Lagoon Distress paint, I added the dots. Finally, I patted with entire panel with Picket Fence paint using my finger and used some old Remnant Rubs on the background. Nothing out of the ordinary there, just some good messy fun.

I was going to use this panel of Tim Holtz Christmas paper stash which I stenciled with Transparent Matte Texture  paste and Tim's Floral stencil, but that turned out a disaster. I'll probably use that on a future project, if I can figure out how to salvage it. In the meantime, rather than waste all that great texture paste on the reverse side of the stencil, I turned it over onto a scrap to make a monoprint, which didn't turn out much better.

Once the monoprint scrap dried, I sprayed it with Oxide spray and water and moved the color around, blotting with a paper towel as I dried it.  Yay! Salvaged! I love how the color settles in around the dried paste design. I blended with Antique Linen Oxide ink and Rusty Hinge ink when it was completely dry and die cut with Stacked Baroque Thinlits. I think this is a bit of an odd way to make a background, and I love the effect. I'm pretty sure I couldn't make another one if I tried.  I only took the photo to remind me of what colors I used; I'm not exactly sure of the exact process.

My sentiment is cut from this clothing tag I had in my stash. What's so odd about it, there's no one that's a size 7 in our family! My guess it's been stashed for a very long time.

So that's it for my odd spring card! Here's one more look at the completed project. There's a whole bunch more odd inspiration at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, created by my talented teammates, so I hope you'll pop over to check them out!

I hope you've picked up some odd ideas to use and that you'll link up your own vintage or shabby chic project to be in for a chance to win one of the awesome prizes! Don't forget to tell us what's odd, because we likely won't be able to pick it out on our own!  One man's 'odd' is another man's 'normal'. I can't wait to see what you will create!

Hugs and happy crafting! 
Sara Emily

Challenges I would like to share with:

These products were used on my project and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink -- Black Soot, Rusty Hinge
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pads -- Antique Linen, Mermaid Lagoon
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint  -- Mermaid Lagoon, Picket Fence


  1. What a fabulous "trio" of colors! They look amazing! Somehow you always manage to use a few colors, and bring out the most terrific scenes that look great! I love seeing your artwork, Sara. Thanks for sharing! hugs, de

  2. Your whole post is oddly entertaining! HA HA! I can't believe how many cool ideas you interspersed into your fabulous card. That hair and eyeball on the bird is truly inspired. (P.S. Local store had that paper and not sure how or if they should have been selling it!)

  3. Oddly entertaining, indeed. Loved seeing what was next!

  4. Cool card, love the texture paste panel!

  5. This is so stinkin' cool Sara! I just love everything about this card! The barky background, the creepy eye, the bits from the Halloween boa, the 'odd' position of the branch .. each and every 'odd' little item makes this card so gorgeous and so unique! The textures you create are always amazing and your colour choices are perfect! An absolute, 'odd' little stunner!! hugs xx

  6. Love the background and your cute little bird with the boa feathers! I can totally relate to the tag stash! I know that one day I will find the perfect project for my hoarded stash! And that white globe doily is indeed a great resting place to break up the background.

  7. A bird with stink eye and a feathery top knot (the bird version of a man bun perhaps?) I especially love how he sits against the floral frame. Great card. Hugs!

  8. I just adore the fabulous birch bark background, not so much odd as different, in a good way and the spooky eye looks great too on the bird. Gorgeous colours, wonderful design, beautiful card! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. LOL....a really cute card! Love the funky bird and the feather tail feathers!

    Georgous mixed medium card love the bird and your background is amazing Hugs and thanks for sharing with the DT from WE Love TO Create Hugs Terry xxx (DT)

  11. So fascinating to read through all the odd twists you put into this fabulous card Sara Emily - I love the creepy eye and fluffy head/tail feathers and that birch bark background is magnificent!

  12. Such a gorgeous card! I love how it all came together and it always amazes me when things don't go as planned they turn out so beautifully, that panel is stunning 😁. I'm loving the feathers that you added too! Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Artiste and wishing you a wonderful week! Hugs, Jo x

    1. Many congratulations on being chosen as part of our Top 3 over at Creative Artiste, we loved this fabulous mixed media card that you created! Hugs, Jo x

  13. This is such a great card, I love the color combination and the odd bird is awesome with his big eye!

  14. Fantastic card, Sara Emily! I'm always amazed by your incredible details!

  15. Beautiful creation, Sara!!! I love your colours and the design!!! I have never seen clothing tag with sentiment, for me this is odd or weird :-) Thank you for joining the February challenge of the Country View Challenges!

  16. This is so creative and just downright amazing! What a great way to use this image and your layering is superb!

  17. Love the textures on this card, so many details to look at! Thanks for playing with us at Country View Challenges this month!

  18. WOW
    Love your take on the challenge the natural bark is awesome !! xx

  19. This is so fun and creative! Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste!

  20. What a fab card. Thanks for playing at Bleeding Art Challenge

  21. I knew there would be something I'd missed - and it's in my favourite blues and browns - yay! Your little bird is adorable at the heart of this fabulous card. I love the layering of the die-cut stems and the frame, and that gorgeous texture in the background too.
    Alison x


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